Friday, 25 February 2011

Jack Ryder, what is he doing now?

In 2004, Ryder appeared as a contestant on celebrity Weakest Link, performed as Justin Timberlake (which he won)on celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, appeared in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and was cast in a recurring role on Five's Family Affairs which he pulled out of when he learned that the series was soon to be axed. In 2005, he played a role in the ITV crime drama MIT: Murder Investigation Team and appeared in a play broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2006, Ryder appeared in the play The Safari Party which toured the UK extensively and ran at the Richmond Theatre.


After a considerable period of time out of the limelight, Ryder starred in the British film Popcorn which was released in the spring of 2007. Ryder was due to become a regular character in the new ITV1 daytime series The Royal Today, a contemporary spin-off of The Royal, but he subsequently withdrew from playing the role.


In Spring 2008 he was in Christopher Luscombe's production of Alan Bennett's play Single Spies starring opposite Nigel Havers. Between 18 September and 27 September 2008, Ryan played Romeo in Michael Bogdanov's production of Romeo and Juliet at Swansea's Grand Theatre, with Sara Lloyd Gregory as Juliet. The production subsequently embarked on an extensive UK tour. In October 2008, Ryder joined The Archers as Ryan.


From 28 July 2009, he played the photographer Laurence in the West End production of Calendar Girls at the Noel Coward Theatre, where he was also the assistant director. He presently continues as associate director of Calendar Girls, responsible for all theatre productions world-wide.


In December 2010 Ryder wrote and directed his first short film, an adaptation of Mary Grace Dembeck's short story Act of Memory starring Claire Skinner, Owen Teale and Anna Massey which was shot on location in London.  In February 2011 he will star in Thea Sharrock's production of David Hare's Plenty at Sheffield Theatres.

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